Three Cone Health Hospitals Earn A’s from Leapfrog Group - Cone Health - Greensboro, NC

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Published on October 29, 2014

Three Cone Health Hospitals Earn A’s from Leapfrog Group

The scores are for avoiding hospital associated infections and other patient safety measures.

Three Cone Health Hospitals— The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Annie Penn Hospital—were honored with an A grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The scores rate how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

“Earning A’s from Leapfrog Group is a big accomplishment. Leapfrog is one of the better-known sources where consumers can compare the quality of health care, so we pay a lot of attention to their rankings,” says Cone Health Executive Director, System Quality and Patient Safety, Dennis T. Campbell II, MS, RN. “But we know that even one hospital associated infection is one too many. We know our patients deserve the safest care possible and we work hard to bring it to them.”

“Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” says The Leapfrog Group President and CEO Leah Binder. “We commend the A hospitals, including those at Cone Health for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.”  

Developed under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

Leapfrog is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety. The scores are free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

To see how Cone Health’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app

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